There are many types of political scandals, to include political sex scandals, corruption scandals, and election scandals. All are public events of significant consequence for politicians and for the voting public. As we pay attention to scandal, we ignore more weighty matters and we over-estimate the bad behavior of our elected officials. Political scandals have a tremendous consequence on citizenry and might possibly undermine democratic institutions.
This interdisciplinary conference will be an opportunity for scholars to explore and exchange research on the impact of political scandal on individuals, institutions and societies. We are looking to develop panels and roundtables that will explore the implications of political scandal from multiple perspectives, including the humanities, behavioral and social sciences.
Papers, reports, works-in-progress are invited on any of the following themes:
The institutional politics of scandal: The structural/electoral/institutional outcomes following a political scandal.
The behavioral politics of scandal: How various actors interact with one another in the midst of crisis?
The aftereffects of scandal: On individual actors, on institutions, on society.
The role of media and popular culture in investigating (or instigating) scandals.
The demographic disparities of the scandalous: Examinations of gender, race, and ethnicity within political scandal.
The conveners invite panels and papers that address the theme of political scandal, from a wide variety of disciplinary approaches. Thus, we encourage papers from the disciplines of history, literature, rhetoric, journalism, art, music, gender study, sociological and political science. The conference will include plenary sessions designed to spark conversations, debates, and generate research inquiry. We welcome creative work that will promote work across the fields.
All accepted and presented papers are eligible for inclusion in a post-conference manuscript that will take the form of either a proceedings or an edited volume on political scandals.